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Help me choose and upgrade from a classic Slickdeals Laptop!!

davcohen 200 73 June 10, 2016 at 07:31 PM
When I first moved to the states about 6 years ago I was given a Laptop that was on its last legs and whilst doing my online research I came across slickdeals and this thread

http://slickdeals.net/f/3183764-asus-k53ta-bbr6-laptop-amd-quad-core-a6-3400m-1-4ghz-apu-15-6-led-4gb-ddr3-500gb-hdd-1gb-amd-radeon-hd-6650-hdmi-wifi-n-6-cell-win-7-prem-64-bit-450

I have been very happy with this Laptop even though the battery is now dead, the frame has been JB welded and I have had to solder the charging port twice Wink

I believe now is the time to upgrade however I was wondering whether it was at all possible to get a Laptop that is a little lighter with a touchscreen although it has to have a 15'6" screen. Personally I dont care about having an illuminated keyboard but I really do not want a glossy screened Laptop. I was assuming that maybe a good upgrade would be an I5 Laptop which is middle ground performance and middle ground price on the desktop market but when searching for Laptops it appears most models jump from an I3 to I7 with few I5's in between

I already have an SSD and am not scared to add more Ram myself but my current Laptop is so slow converting movies I have filmed on my phone to other formats just wondering whether a 6th Gen I3 would be sufficient upgrade as I never play games or anything however I do use my HDMI Output for movies.

Trying to stay Asus and within a $500 price range..... am I being realistic?

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How much storage do you need? Since your performance driver here is video conversion I'm guessing you want to stay with an SSD and have a decent size, but maybe a 1TB hybrid drive would suffice. Do you have a current SSD you could re-use? Down at $500 I think you're going to have to sacrifice something -- either a smaller SSD or a low-res display. 650 starts to get you into a better range for your needs.

I would not recommend an i3 for your use, and even the "U" processor i5 is not ideal. I think the Dell XPS 15 would be a great machine for you but those are more like $900 refurbished and way out of your range.

It's also going to be hard to get a touchscreen laptop that isn't glossy, fyi.
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Storage isnt to much of an issue as I have a 4tb Nas, The current setup in my K53 is the original 500gig harddrive and a Samsung SSD where the DVD Drive used to be which I plan to transfer to the new Laptop.

So most Touchscreen Laptops are glossy? I was assuming something like a i5-6200U would be a big upgrade over the old AMD processor.
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Found a good deal on an Asus Q553U, the specs look fairly decent out the box just wondering how much of an upgrade it would really be as its dual core vs this A6 which is Quad core

http://www.bestbuy.com/site/asus-...oCxA7w_wcB
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Found a good deal on an Asus Q553U, the specs look fairly decent out the box just wondering how much of an upgrade it would really be as its dual core vs this A6 which is Quad core

http://www.bestbuy.com/site/asus-...oCxA7w_wcB
I just saw your message in the AsusK53ta thread, and I see you want something with much better form factor than the old type of laptops. Well the 2in1 laptops & touchscreen are always pricey close to $1000, so I believe you have to pay $200 to $400 more than you should be paying just to get that wow 2in1 portable form factor compared to a regular laptop.

But the only option I can think of to pay a lot less is buy used or refurb. Sometimes you can get lucky on ebay. But I wouldn't recommend that if you plan on keeping this laptop for another 5 to 6 years.
I made a thread of best laptop deals in past 5 years based on specs alone-that you can use as reference for pricing, but I didn't include any touchscreen/2in1 deals, and nearly all deals have ended by now.
>> Almost every Budget dGFX laptop deal in past 5 years
They are budget gaming laptop deals, but you don't have to play games to like these laptops. None of them may be what you are looking for since you need the other features other than latest strong graphics card, so just use this list as a reference point when choosing your next laptop.

For your needs I think integrated graphics might be ok, since they have come a long ways in 5 years, being equivalent and even better than our 6720g2 gfx.
When comparing gpu specs of your chosen laptop use this thread and make sure it is better than Class4>>http://www.notebookcheck.net/AMD-...962.0.html
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I appreciate you help, I ended up just getting this

http://slickdeals.net/f/8833739-asus-i7-laptop-8gb-ddr4-nvidia-gtx950m-2gb-1tb-drive-599-microcenter?src=SiteSearchV2_SearchBarV2Algo1

really needed a laptop, I never have time to play games although it would have been nice to get a better screen. I swapped out the HD to my Samsung SSD and installed windows 10 even without any mods or tweaks this thing is a beast literally 1/10 of the time to convert videos I was doing before
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I appreciate you help, I ended up just getting this

http://slickdeals.net/f/8833739-asus-i7-laptop-8gb-ddr4-nvidia-gtx950m-2gb-1tb-drive-599-microcenter?src=SiteSearchV2_SearchBarV2Algo1

really needed a laptop, I never have time to play games although it would have been nice to get a better screen. I swapped out the HD to my Samsung SSD and installed windows 10 even without any mods or tweaks this thing is a beast literally 1/10 of the time to convert videos I was doing before
Other than the screen resolution, it's an outstanding upgrade over your previous laptop! Great deal for specs. And you can always connect it to a high quality monitor which is what I usually do. And it even comes with 2 games worth $100 ( Warframe and World of Warships), so maybe you can sell the 2 games bringing your total spending price down even more. I even included this laptop in my top budget deals list at #2d due to price/performance ratio. This one went under the radar for most people due to low screen rez, so you had a keen eye to see this worthy deal.

I'm still using my old 5 year old Asus laptop (ok speed with k10stat oc'ing), but always interested in seeing what others are upgrading to. GT 950m is currently the best budget dedicated gfx in laptops under $600 . The only other good deals to consider were the Dell GT 960m laptop that keeps coming back for around $700 and maybe this currently available Acer on Newegg ebay right now with similar specs to your Asus+128gbSSD+1080p, but only has an intel i5 instead of an i7 for $589.99 + FS. But it doesn't matter for playing games too much (though, i7 is better for major processing tasks)...Regardless all of these choices are great laptops.
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Honestly the screen is on par with my old one which works well for me as I dont play games. Yes I would have prefered a better screen im not gonna lie but gd damn..... when converting videos this thing is literally a beast. Got to be 10x faster!!
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Quote from davcohen View Post :
Honestly the screen is on par with my old one which works well for me as I dont play games. Yes I would have prefered a better screen im not gonna lie but gd damn..... when converting videos this thing is literally a beast. Got to be 10x faster!!
great to hear. I'll probably upgrade in a few more years since I'm currently not doing any major processing or gaming with it. Maybe by then there will be even more advances in gfx,cpu, & screen feature offerings eg. hdr LED, VR, newer windows, gui,etc.
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Last edited by atoneapone September 22, 2016 at 09:53 AM
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I hold out as long as I possibly could, the hinges had been breaking away from the chassis and I repair it a couple of times but waiting that long to convert each video was nuts

I actually miss the old brick
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